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Be not angry, O Lord, remember no more our iniquities. Behold the city of the Holy One is deserted: Sion is laid desolate: Jerusalem is laid waste: the home of Thy sanctification and of Thy glory, where our fathers praised Thee.


We have sinned, and we are become like the unclean; we are fallen like the leaves, and our sins, like the storm, have carried us away. Thou hast hidden Thy face from us, and hast thrown us into the power of our sins.


Behold, O Lord, the affliction of Thy people, and send Him whom Thou wilt send forth, the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from the rock of the desert to the mountain of the daughter of Sion, that He may take away the yoke of our captivity.


Be comforted, be comforted, O my people: thy Saviour shall come quickly. Why hath grief devoured thee? Why hath sorrow disfigured thee? I will save thee: fear not: for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Feast of the Sacred Heart


The Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart
To our Lady of Perpetual Help:

MEMORARE, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, quam ineffabilem tibi potentiam Filius tuus divinus contulerit in suum ipsius Cor adorabile. Pleni nos fiduciae in meritis tuis, accedimus implorantes tuum praesidium. O Cordis Iesu Thesauraria caelestis, illius Cordis, fontis inexhausti gratiarum omnium, quod potes ipsa pro tua voluntate recludere, ut defluant inde in homines divitiae amoris et misericordiae, luminis et salutis, quae in ipso continentur; concede nobis, obsecramus, beneficia quae petimus ... Nulla nobis, nulla a te erit repulsa, et, quoniam Mater Tu nostra es, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, preces nostras benigne habe et benigne exaudi. Amen.

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Filled with confidence in thy merits, we come before thee and implore thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek ... We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously receive our prayers and grant our request. Amen.

From the Raccolta #439. (S. P. Ap., April 5, 1949).

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sancte Ioannes Baptista, ora pro nobis


The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29

Dear friend, He must increase, we must decrease. May all that is dark within us give way to His Light; may we forget our own poisonous thoughts and be filled with His strong Virtue; may He rule our hearts both in this passing age and in the age that will not end. Through Christ our Lord.

Come, Lord Jesus, free us from our sins. Let all that is within us love Thee wholly and truly. Guide us in all that we do and make us fruitful in good works that we may glorify Thy holy Name in this world and the next. Amen.


O God, Who has made this day worthy of honor by the birth of blessed John: grant to Thy people the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, throughout all of the ages of ages.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

On the Eighth Day


We beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant fellowship with Thy Saints and Elect to the soul of Thy handmaiden Rebecca, whose burial seven days since we commemorate, and wouldst pour upon it the everlasting dew of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all of the ages of ages. Amen.

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Today is the eighth day after your burial (counting your burial day as the first). The eighth day mystically represents eternity. I pray that for you it is a day of peace, a day of comfort, a day of rest in the Lord Who made you. May your name be found in the book He has written and your memory be eternal.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bread of Life


At that time Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.
John 6:56-59

Make us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to be filled with the eternal enjoyment of Thy Divinity, which is prefigured by the reception in this life of Thy precious Body and Blood: Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, throughout all the ages of ages.
(Post-Communion payer)

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bless the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Dear friend, it is the day after your funeral. Here on earth the Church now enters into her longest season, the season after Pentecost, after the descent of the Holy Ghost onto the disciples. You enter into eternity, and I pray that Holy Ghost has descended on you as well. May God bless you forever, and let us bless Him:
Trium puerórum cantémus hymnum, quem cantábant sancti in camíno ignis, benedicéntes Dóminum.Let us sing the hymn of the three young men, which these holy ones sang of old in the fiery furnace, giving praise to the Lord.
Benedícite ómnia ópera Dómini Dómino: laudáte et superexaltáte eum in saécula.
Benedícite Angeli Dómini Dómino: benedícite cæli Dómino
Benedícite aquæ omnes quae super cælos sunt Dómino: benedícite omnes virtútes Dómini Dómino.
Benedícite sol et luna Dómino: benedícite stellæ cæli Dómini.
Benedícite omnis imber et ros Dómino: benedícite omnes spíritus Dei Dómino.
Benedícite ignis et æstus Dómino: benedícite frigus et æstus Dómino.
Benedícite rores et pruína Dómino: benedícite gelu et frigus Dómino.
Benedícite glácies et nives Dómino: benedícite noctes et dies Dómino.
Benedícite lux et ténebræ Dómino: benedícite fúlgura et nubes Dómino.
Benedícat terra Dóminum: laudet et superexáltet eum in saécula.
Benedícite montes et colles Dómino: benedícite univérsa germinántia in terra Dómino.
Benedícite fontes Dómino: benedícite mária et flúmina Dómino.
Benedícite cete, et ómnia, quæ movéntur in aquis Dómino: benedícite omnes volúcres cæli Dómino.
Benedícite omnes béstiæ et pécora Dómino: benedícite fílii hóminum Dómino.
Benedícat Israël Dóminum: laudet et superexáltet eum in saécula.
Benedícite sacerdótes Dómini Dómino: benedícite servi Dómini Dómino.
Benedícite spíritus et ánimæ justórum Dómino: benedícite sancti et húmiles corde Dómino.
Benedícite Ananía, Azária, Misaël Dó-mino: laudáte et superexaltáte eum in saécula.
Benedicámus Patrem et Fílium cum sancto Spíritu: laudémus et superexaltémus eum in saécula.
Benedíctus es, Dómine, in firmaménto cæli: et laudábilis, et gloriósus, et superexaltátus in saécula.
All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye heavens, bless the Lord
O all ye waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord: O all ye powers of the Lord, bless the Lord.
O ye sun and moon, bless the Lord: O ye stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: O all ye spirits of God, bless the Lord.
O ye fire and heat, bless the Lord: O ye cold and heat, bless the Lord.
O ye dews and hoarfrosts, bless the Lord: O ye frost and cold, bless the Lord.
O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord: O ye nights and days, bless the Lord.
O ye light and darkness, bless the Lord: O ye lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.
O let the earth bless the Lord: let it praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, bless the Lord: O all ye things that spring up in the earth, bless the Lord.
O ye fountains, bless the Lord: O ye seas and rivers, bless the Lord
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord: O all ye fowls of the air, bless the Lord.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless the Lord: O ye sons of men, bless the Lord.
O let Israel bless the Lord: let them praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
O ye spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord.
O Ananias, Azarias and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Let us bless the Father, and the Son, with the Holy Ghost: let us praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven: and worthy of praise, and glorious, and exalted above all for ever.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Burial Day


A lesson from today's Mass for Ember Saturday:

In those days the angel of the Lord went down with Azarias and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, And made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew. And the flame mounted up above the furnace nine and forty cubits: and it broke forth, and burnt such of the Chaldeans as it found near the furnace, the king' s servants that heated it. And the fire touched them not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm. Then these three as with one mouth praised, and glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying: Blessed art thou, O Lord the God of our fathers: and worthy to be praised, and glorified, and exalted above all for ever.
Daniel 3:47-52

Collect:

O GOD, who didst allay the flames of fire for the three children, grant in Thy mercy that the flame of vice may not consume us, Thy servants.


Greatly loved sister in Christ, may all of your sufferings be for you blessings; united with the sorrows of Christ, may they kindle in you wisdom and love, and through grace lead you into glory. May the Divine light shine through you, so that the fires of Purgatory no longer burn nor burden you, but are as a refreshing dew from Heaven.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary, do thou pour drops of the Precious Blood upon the soul of Rebecca, and deliver her from Purgatory.

Brethren, being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access through faith into this grace wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience trial; and trial hope; and hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us.
Romans 5:1-5

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My precious love, dearest of companions, best of friends, I pray that God speedily reconciles you to Himself. May the sorrows you suffered on Earth and in Purgatory serve to make you holy and bring you into the closest communion with our all-pure and holy God.

Here are prayers from a funeral Mass, that I now pray for you my friend:

OFFERTORY

   Domine Iesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundi lacu: libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum: sed signifer sanctus Michael repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam: * Quam olim Abrahae promisisti, et semini ejus. V.: Hostias et preces tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus: tu suscipe pro animabus illis, quarum hodie memoriam facimus: fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam. * Quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.
   O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the bottomless pit: deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell swallow them not up, that they fall not into darkness, but let the standard-bearer, holy Michael, lead them into that holy light; which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his seed. V.: We offer to Thee, O Lord, sacrifices and prayers: do Thou receive them in behalf of those souls of whom we make memorial this day. Grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to that life which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his seed.

POSTCOMMUNION

   Praesta, quaesumus omnipotens Deus: ut anima famulae tuae Rebecca, quae hodie de hoc saeculo migravit, his sacrificiis purgata, et a peccatis expedita, indulgentiam pariter et requiem capiat sempiternam. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum: Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus per omnia sæcula sæculorum.
   Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God; that the soul of Thy servant handmaid Rebecca, who this day has departed out of this world, being purified by this sacrifice, and delivered from her sins, may receive both pardon and everlasting rest. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever and ever.

(After the Last Gospel)
Enter not into judgment with Thy servant, O Lord; for, save Thou grant him forgiveness of all his sins, no man shall be justified in Thy sight. Wherefore suffer not, we beseech Thee, the sentence Thou pronouncest in judgment upon one whom the faithful prayer of Christian people commends to Thee to be a doom which shall crush her utterly. Rather succor her by Thy gracious favor, that she may escape Thine avenging justice who, in her lifetime, was signed with the seal of the holy Trinity. Who livest and reignest through all the ages of ages. R.: Amen.
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And burial prayers:

In paradisium * deducant te Angeli: in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem. Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondem paupere aeternam habeas requiem.
May the Angels lead thee into paradise: may the Martyrs receive thee at thy coming, and lead thee unto the holy city of Jerusalem. May the choir of Angels receive thee, and mayest thou have eternal rest with Lazarus, who once was poor.

O God, by whose mercy the souls of the faithful find rest, vouchsafe to bless Rebecca's grave, and appoint it; and release the souls of all these whose bodies are buried at St. Michael's cemetery from every bond of sin, that they may always rejoice in Thee with Thy Saints for ever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all the ages of ages.

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Ego sum * resurrectio et vita: qui credit in me, etiam si mortuus fuerit, vivet: et omnis qui vivit et credit in Me, non morietur in aeternum.
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live; and every one that liveth, and believeth in Me, shall not die for ever.

CANTICLE ¤ Luke 1. 68-79
   Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, * quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebis suae:
   Et erexit cornu salutis nobis * in domo David pueri sui.
   Sicut locutus est per os sanctorum, * qui a saeculo sunt, Prophetarum ejus.
   Salutem ex inimicis nostris, * et de manu omnium qui oderunt nos.
   Ad faciendam misericordiam cum patribus nostris, * et memorari testamenti sui sancti.
   Jusjurandum quod juravit ad Abraham patrm nostrum, * daturum se nobis.
   Ut sine timore, de manu iminicorum nostrorum liberati, * serviamus illi:
   In sanctitate et justitia coram ipso, * omnibus diebus nostris.
   Et tu puer Propheta Altissimi vocaberis: * praeibis enim ante faciem Domini parare vias ejus.
   Ad dandam scientiam salutis plebi ejus, * in remissionem peccatorum eorum;
   Per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri: * in quibus visitavit nos oriens ex alto.
   Illuminare his, qui in tenebris et in umbra mortis sedent: * ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis.
   Requiem aeternam * dona eis Domine.
   Et lux perpetua * luceat eis.
   Antiphona. Ego sum * resurrectio et vita: qui credit in me, etiam si mortuus fuerit, vivet: et omnis qui vivit et credit in Me, non morietur in aeternum.
   Kyrie, eleison.
   Christe, eleison.
   Kyrie, eleison.
   Pater noster . . . (secreto).

   Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because He hath visited and wrought the redemption of His people.
   And He hath raised up the horn of salvation to us, in the house of David His servant.
   As He spoke by the mouth of His holy Prophets, who are from the beginning.
   Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.
   To work mercy with our fathers: and remember His holy testament.
   The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, that He would grant us.
   That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve Him without fear.
   In holiness and justice before Him, all our days.
   And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways.
   To give the knowledge of salvation to His people, unto the remission of their sins.
   Through the bowels of mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us.
   To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet in the way of peace.
   Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
   And let perpetual light shine upon them.
   Ant. I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live; and every one that liveth, and believeth in Me, shall not die for ever.
   Lord, have mercy.
   Christ, have mercy.
   Lord, have mercy.
   Our Father . . .(silently)

   V.: Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
   R.: Sed libera nos a malo.
   V.: A porta inferi.
   R.: Erue, Domine, animam ejus.
   V.: Requiescat in pace.
   R.: Amen.
   V.: Domine, exaudi orationem meam.
   R.: Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
   V.: Dominus vobiscum.
   R.: Et cum spiritu tuo.
   Oremus.

   V.: And lead us not into temptation.
   R.: But deliver us from evil.
   V.: From the gate of hell.
   R.: Deliver her soul, O Lord.
   V.: May she rest in peace.
   R.: Amen.
   V.: O Lord, hear my prayer.
   R.: And let my cry come before Thee.
   V.: The Lord be with you.
   R.: And with thy spirit.
   Let us pray.

Prayer. -- Grant to Thy handmaid departed, O Lord, we beseech Thee, this favor, that she who desired to do Thy will may not receive punishment for her deeds; and that even as here on earth the true faith joined her to the ranks of the faithful, so in heaven by Thy mercy she may have fellowship with the choirs of Angels. Through Christ our Lord. R.: Amen.
   V.: Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine.
   R.: Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
   V.: Requiescat in pace.
   R.: Amen.
   V.: Anima ejus, et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei requiescat in pace.
   R.: Amen.

   V.: Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
   R.: And let perpetual light shine upon her.
   V.: May she rest in peace.
   R.: Amen.
   V.: May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
   R.: Amen.

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I leave now for your burial, followed by a memorial service. Not exactly as I would have chosen to do it, but your family honors your memory as well as they can, and I desire peace with them, and with you. God's blessings on you, Rebecca, and may you be at peace until we meet again. I love you.

Saint Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, pray for her.
Saint Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, pray for her.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Go forth, Christian soul


LORD have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for Rebecca.

All ye holy angels and archangels, pray for her.

Holy Abel, pray for her.

All ye choirs of the just, pray for her.

Holy Abraham, pray for her.

St. John the Baptist, pray for her.

St. Joseph, pray for her.

All ye patriarchs and prophets, pray for her.

St. Peter, pray for her.

St. Paul, pray for her.

St. Andrew, pray for her.

St. John, pray for her.

All ye holy apostles and evangelists, pray for her.

All ye holy disciples of the Lord, pray for her.

All ye holy innocents, pray for her.

St. Stephen, pray for her.

St. Lawrence, pray for her.

All ye holy martyrs, pray for her.

St. Sylvester, pray for her.

St. Gregory, pray for her.

St. Augustine, pray for her.

All ye holy bishops and confessors, pray for her.

St. Benedict, pray for her.

St. Dominic, pray for her.

St. Francis, pray for her.

All ye holy monks and hermits, pray for her.

St. Mary Magdalene, pray for her.

St. Lucy, pray for her.

All ye holy virgins and widows, pray for her.

All ye saints of God, make intercession for her.

Be merciful, spare her, O Lord.

Be merciful, deliver her, O Lord.

From Thy anger, deliver her, O Lord.

From an unhappy death, deliver her, O Lord.

From the pains of hell, deliver her, O Lord.

From the power of the devil, deliver her, O Lord.

From all evil, deliver her, O Lord.

By Thy nativity, deliver her, O Lord.

By Thy cross and passion, deliver her, O Lord.

By Thy death and burial, deliver her, O Lord.

By Thy glorious resurrection, deliver her, O Lord.

By Thy admirable ascension, deliver her, O Lord.

By the grace of the Holy Ghost the Comforter, deliver her, O Lord.

In the day of judgment, deliver her, O Lord.

We sinners beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou spare her, We beseech Thee to hear us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Let us Pray.

Go forth, Christian soul, out of this world, in the Name of God the Father Almighty, Who created thee; in the Name of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who suffered for thee; in the Name of the Holy Ghost, Who was poured forth upon thee; in the name of the glorious and ever-blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God; in the name of St. Joseph, chaste spouse of the same Virgin; in the name of the Angels and Archangels; in the name of the Thrones and Dominations; in the name of the Principalities and Powers; in the name of the heavenly Virtues, Cherubim and Seraphim; in the name of the holy Apostles and Evangelists; in the name of the holy Martyrs and Confessors; in the name of the holy Monks and Hermits; in the name of the holy Virgins and of all the Saints of God: may your place be this day in peace, and your abode in holy Sion. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O merciful and gracious God, O God who, according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies, forgivest the sins of such as repent, and graciously remittest the guilt of their past offenses, mercifully regard Thy handmaid, Rebecca, and grant her a full discharge from all her sins, who most earnestly begged it of Thee. Remove, O merciful Father, whatever is corrupt in her through human frailty, or by the snares of the devil; and associate her as a member redeemed to the unity of Thy Body the Church. Have pity, Lord, on her groanings, have pity on her tears, remember her contrition in her last days, and forgive whatever was lacking in her last confession, for Thou alone art all-holy and perfect. Through Christ our Lord.
R.Amen.

I commend thee to Almighty God, dearly beloved sister, and commit thee to His mercy whose creature thou art; that, having paid the debt of humanity by passing through death, thou mayest return to thy Maker, who formed thee out of the earth. May the glorious company of Angels meet thee; may the council of the Apostles who shall judge the world greet thee; may the triumphant army of white-robed Martyrs come out to welcome thee; may the band of shining Confessors, crowned with lilies, encircle thee; may the choir of joyous Virgins receive thee; and unto the bosom of blessed rest may the embrace of the Patriarchs clasp thee; may St. Joseph, most consoling Patron of the dying, lift thee up in holy hope. May Mary, the holy Mother of God, lovingly cast upon thee her eyes of mercy. May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance, and appoint thee a place among those who are to stand before Him for ever. Mayest thou be a stranger to all that is punished with darkness, chastised with flames, and condemned to torments. May the most wicked enemy, with all his evil spirits, be forced to give way: may he tremble at thine approach in the of Angels, and with confusion fly away into vast chaos of eternal night. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and let them hate Him flee from before His face. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before fire, so let the wicked perish in the presence of God. But may the just rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.  May then all the legions of hell be confounded and put to shame and may none of the ministers of Satan dare to stop thee in thy way. May Christ deliver thee from torments, Who was crucified for thee. May He deliver thee from everlasting death, Who vouchsafed to die for thee. May Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, place thee in the ever-verdant lawns of His paradise, and may He, the true Shepherd, acknowledge thee for one of His flock. May He absolve thee from all thy sins, and place thee at His right hand in the midst of His elect. Mayest thou see thy Redeemer face to face; and, standing always in His presence, behold with happy eyes the most clear Truth. And mayest thou be placed among the companies of the blessed, and enjoy the sweetness of the contemplation of thy God forever. Amen.


Receive, O Lord, Thy handmaid into the place of salvation, which she hopes for from Thy mercy.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid from all the dangers of hell, and from the bonds of its punishments, and from all tribulations.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Enoch and Elias from the common death of the world.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Noe from the flood.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Abraham from Ur of the Chaldeans.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Job from his sufferings.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Isaac from being sacrificed by the hand of his father Abraham.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Lot from Sodom and from the flame of fire.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Moses from the hands of Pharaoh, king of the Egyptians.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Daniel from the lions' den.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver the Three Children from the burning fiery furnace, and from the hand of a wicked king.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Susanna from a false accusation.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver David from the hand of King Saul and from the hand of Goliath.
R. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, as Thou didst deliver Peter and Paul out of prison.
R. Amen.

And as Thou didst deliver Thy most blessed Virgin and Martyr, Thecla, from three most cruel torments, so vouchsafe to deliver the soul of this Thy handmaid, Rebecca, and make her to rejoice with Thee in the bliss of heaven.
R. Amen.


I commend unto Thee, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid, Rebecca, and I beseech Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, that Thou wouldst not refuse to place in the bosom of Thy Patriarchs a soul for whose sake Thou didst mercifully come down upon earth.  Acknowledge, O Lord, Thy creature, made, not by strange gods, but by Thee, the only living and true God: for there is no other God beside Thee, and none that doeth according to Thy works.  Make glad her soul, O Lord, with Thy presence, and remember not her old sins, and the excesses which wrath or heat of evil desire may have aroused.  For though she sinned, she did not deny the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; but believed, and had a zeal for God, and faithfully worshipped Thee as her God, and Creator of all things.

Remember not, O Lord, I beseech Thee, the sins of her youth nor her ignorances; but, according to Thy great mercy, be mindful of her in the brightness of Thy glory.  Let the heavens be opened unto her, may the Angels rejoice with her.  Into Thy kingdom, O Lord, receive Thy handmaid.  Let the Archangel St. Michael, whom Thou hast appointed the chief of the heavenly host, conduct her.  Let the holy Angels of God come forth to meet her, and carry her into the city of the heavenly Jerusalem.  Let blessed Peter the Apostle, to whom were given by God the keys of the kingdom of heaven, receive her.  Let St. Paul the Apostle, who was counted worthy to be a vessel of election, assist her.  Let St. John, the beloved Apostle of God, to whom the secrets of heaven were revealed, intercede for her.  Let all the holy Apostles, who received from Jesus Christ the power of binding and loosing, pray for her.  Let all the Saints and Elect of God, who, in this world, suffered torments for the name of Christ, intercede for her: that, being loosed from the bonds of the flesh, she may come to the glory of the heavenly kingdom, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, through all the ages of ages. Amen.


May the most clement Virgin Mary, Mother of God, kindest comforter of them that mourn, commend to her Divine Son the soul of His handmaid, Rebecca, that through her maternal intercession our sister may be freed from the terrors of death and in her company joyfully enter the desired heavenly home. Amen.


To thee I have recourse, Saint Joseph, patron of the dying; and to thee, at whose blessed death watchfully assisted Jesus and Mary, by both these dearest pledges I earnestly recommend the soul of our Lord's handmaid Rebecca, now beyond her last agony in this life, that she may by thy protection be delivered from the snares of the devil and from eternal death, and may merit to attain everlasting joy. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord


Come, O Holy Ghost and fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

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Requiem † æternam dona ei, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat ei.
In memoria æterna erit iustus,
ab auditione mala non timebit.
Eternal rest grant † unto her, O Lord:
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
She shall be justified in everlasting memory,
and shall not fear evil reports.
Absolve, Domine,
animas omnium fidelium defunctorum
ab omni vinculo delictorum
et gratia tua illis succurente
mereantur evadere iudicium ultionis,
et lucis æternae beatitudine perfrui.
Forgive, O Lord,
the souls of all the faithful departed
from all the chains of their sins
and by the aid to them of your grace
may they merit to avoid avenging judgment,
and enjoy the blessedness of everlasting light.
Lux æterna luceat ei, Domine,
cum sanctis tuis in æternum,
quia pius es.
Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat ei;
cum Sanctis tuis in æternum,
quia pius es.
May everlasting light shine upon her, O Lord,
with your Saints forever,
for you are kind.
Grant her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may everlasting light shine upon her.
with your Saints forever,
for you are merciful.


Absolve, I beseech Thee, O Lord, the soul of Thy handmaid Rebecca, that she who is dead to the world, may live unto Thee: and wipe away by Thy most merciful forgiveness whatever sins she may have committed in life through human frailty. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor and Doctor of the Church, pray for her.

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Readings from the Ember Friday propers.  God is generous.  The fruits of the earth promised in the epistle are emblematic, sweet friend, of the spiritual blessings which we can hope the Holy Ghost will lavish on your soul. In the gospel, we see that Jesus is ready to heal and to forgive. Also he forgave the sins of the sick man when he saw the faith of the ones who brought him.  Be of good cheer. You have many friends who have lifted you up in prayer.

Introit:

Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise, alleluia: that I may sing, alleluia: my lips shall rejoice, when I shall sing to Thee, alleluia, alleluia. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be put to confusion: deliver me in Thy justice, and rescue me. v. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, and now, and ever, and to the age of ages. Amen.
Psalm 70:8,23,1,2


Epistle:

Thus saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice, and be joyful in the Lord your God; because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning: and the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And you shall eat in plenty, and shall be filled; and you shall praise the name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you: and My people shall not be confounded for ever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides; and My people shall not be confounded forever; said the Lord almighty.
Joel 2:23,24,26,27


Alleluia, alleluia. O how good and sweet, O Lord, is Thy spirit within us. Alleluia.


Gospel:

At that time, it came to pass, on a certain day that Jesus sat teaching; and there were pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy, and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him; and when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, He said, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee: and the scribes and pharisees began to think, saying, Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering, He saith to them, "What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say? Thy sins are forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins(to the crippled man) I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house." And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen wonderful things today.
Luke 5:17-26


Offertory:

Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord; I will sing to my God, as long as I shall be, alleluia.
Psalm 145:2


Communion:

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you again, alleluia: and your heart shall rejoice, alleluia.
John 14:18
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And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. Yet a little while: and the world seeth me no more. But you see me: because I live, and you shall live. In that day you shall know, that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
John 14:16-20

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